August 17, 2001
PACIFIC WOMAN WINS $100,000
A preschool teacher from Pacific is planning a cruise in the Pacific (ocean) after winning $100,000 in the Aug. 1 Powerball drawing. Elaine Rhoads, 42, said she also plans to pay off some bills with the windfall, in addition to an Alaskan cruise.
Rhoads’ husband, Todd, 36, purchased the winning ticket at Eureka Shell, 100 Old Town in Eureka. He let the computer generate the numbers on their ticket. The winning numbers were: 24, 25, 26, 34 and 39.
"I stopped by the Shell station and saw a sign that said they sold a $100,000 winning ticket," Rhoads told Lottery officials when she claimed her prize on Wednesday.
When she went home, she looked the winning numbers up on the Lottery’s Web site and discovered she held the winning ticket.
"It took awhile for my brain to work right," she said.